PETALING JAYA: The government will allocate RM4mil for the management of gurdwaras nationwide and to kick-start a fund for a National Sikh Centre, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
At a high-tea function at the Petaling Jaya Gurdwara on Monday (April 12) in conjunction with the upcoming Vaisakhi celebration on Wednesday, he noted that the Sikh community had contributed greatly to the country in all fields.
"As a government that cares, we are committed to ensuring the well-being of the Sikh community across the nation.
"There will be RM3mil from the government for the management of gurdwaras nationwide.
"For the planned National Sikh Centre, I allocate RM1mil. I am sure there are many generous individuals among the Sikh community who will contribute to this," he said.
Muhyiddin said Vaisakhi is not only a religious festival for the Sikhs but also an opportunity for Malaysians of all races and religions to appreciate the nation's multiracial and multi-religious history.
Earlier, in their welcoming speeches, Petaling Jaya Gurdwara Sahib Dalbir Singh and Malaysian Gurdwara Council president Jagir Singh asked for funds to be allocated for the upkeep of gurdwaras nationwide and to set up a National Sikh Centre to preserve the culture and heritage of the community.